Marcel Poot

Vilvoorde, 07.05.1901 - Brussel, 12.06.1988
Genre(s):20ste eeuw


Marcel Poot was born in Vilvoorde on 7 May 1901 and died in Brussels on 12 June 1988. As the son of Jan Poot, director of the Royal Flemish Theatre, he grew up in an artistic milieu. He took his first music lessons with the organist Gerard Nauwelaerts and subsequently studied solfège, piano and harmony from 1916 to 1919 at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Arthur De Greef, José Sevenans and Martin Lunssens. His first prizes in counterpoint (1922) and fugue (1924) were earned at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp with Lodewijk Mortelmans. He also studied composition and orchestration privately with Paul Gilson. Together, Poot and Gilson published La Revue Musicale Belge, a periodical that appeared starting in 1925. In that same year, Poot and seven other of Gilson’s students set up the group known as Les Synthétistes, which aimed to create a synthesis of the achievements of current musical evolutions, without sacrificing their individuality. In 1930, Poot won the Rubens Prize, which allowed him to study for three years with Paul Dukas at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
Poot began his career at the State Secondary School in Vilvoorde and also taught piano, solfège and music history at the music academy in that city. He taught practical harmony (1939) and counterpoint (1940-1949) at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels before becoming director of that institution (1949-1966). Besides this, Poot held a number of important functions. He was a lecturer at the Institut Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs, headmaster of the Muziekkapel Koningin Elisabeth (1970-1976), a member of the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts, a jury member for the Queen Elisabeth Competition (1963-1981), chairman of SABAM (composers’ rights organisation), the Union of Belgian Composers and CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers), and he was a jury member for various composition competitions.

Selective bibliography
- art. Marcel Poot, in CeBeDeM en zijn aangesloten componisten, ed. by D. VON VOLBORTH- DANYS, Brussels, 1980
- A. CORBET, H. HEUGHEBAERT, art. Poot, Marcel, in Algemene Muziek Encyclopedie, ed. by J. ROBIJNS and M. ZIJSTRA, 8, Haarlem, 1983, p. 161-164
- H. HEUGHEBAERT, Ontmoetingen met Vlaamse komponisten, in Vlaams Muziektijdschrift, 22, 1, 1970, p. 3-12
- C. MERTENS, D. VON VOLBORTH- DANYS, art. Poot, Marcel, in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. by S. SADIE, Londen, 2001

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Selectieve discografie als componist

Marcel Poot - Symphonies 1-7Marcel Poot - Symphonies 1-7 (2021)
20th century
deFilharmonie, Marcel Poot, Léonce Gras, BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest, Hans Rotman, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Frédéric Devreese, Omroeporkest N.I.R. (...)
The Flemish piano sonatina in the 20th centuryThe Flemish piano sonatina in the 20th century (2016)
20th century
Daniel Blumenthal, Flor Peeters, Prosper Van Eechaute, Joseph Ryelandt, Marinus de Jong, Georges Lonque, Jos Van Roy, Godfried Devreese (...)
Arnold, Bacri, Horovitz, Martinu, Poot, SancanArnold, Bacri, Horovitz, Martinu, Poot, Sancan (2009)
20th century
Ronald Van Spaendonck, Eliane Reyes, Sir Malcolm Arnold, Bohuslav Martinů, Nicolas Bacri, Pierre Sancan, Raymond Chevreuille, Marcel Poot (...)
Concertos for clarinetConcertos for clarinet (2008)
20th century
Walter Boeykens, BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest, August Verbesselt, Marcel Poot, Jean Françaix, Fernand Terby
Anthology of Flemish Band Music, vol. 5Anthology of Flemish Band Music, vol. 5 (2008)
20th century
Nationaal jeugd fanfare orkest, Peter Benoit, Jules Demersseman, Paul Gilson, August de Boeck, Marcel Poot, Gaston Brenta, Jean Absil (...)
Anthology of Flemish Band Music, vol. 4Anthology of Flemish Band Music, vol. 4 (2003)
20th century
Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen, Paul Gilson, Maurice Schoemaker, Marcel Poot, Jules Strens, Theo Dejoncker, Gaston Brenta, Francis De Bourguignon (...)
Anthology of Flemish Band Music, vol. 1Anthology of Flemish Band Music, vol. 1 (2003)
20th century
Brass Band Buizingen, Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen, Marcel Poot, Luc Vertommen, Norbert Nozy
Vlaamse pianomuziek gespeeld door Philibert MeesVlaamse pianomuziek gespeeld door Philibert Mees (2003)
Philibert Mees, Flor Peeters, Paul Gilson, Peter Benoit, Marcel Poot, Lodewijk Mortelmans, Peter Cabus
Le Flûtiste et son SiècleLe Flûtiste et son Siècle (2002)
20th century
Joseph Jongen, Denis-Pierre Gustin, Eugène Goossens, Carmen-Elena Rotaru, Léon Stekke, Marcel Poot, Jacques Leduc, Hao-Fu Zhang (...)
Cinque VentiCinque Venti (2001)
20th century
Cinque Venti, Marcel Poot, Gustav Holst, Carl Nielsen, György Ligeti

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